Northerman House (CE-380): Located at 225 Market Street, it is a two story, three bay, by two bay, frame dwelling with a gable roofed main section built by Jacob Northerman for a Philadelphia cooper. His home was located just to the southeast of the store, where he and his wife, Ann Cooling, lived. This group assisted in the production of arms, ammunition, and uniforms as early as 1775. About Charlestown's Haunted History Walks Two boys from Jefferson County, WV (born and raised) and a girl from across the river come together to tell you their stories,experiences and adventures of growing up in this area by taking you on history walks and haunted history walks throughout our wonderful little town of Charles Town, WV. They prospered so well that the brothers had this home built for their mother. Hamilton House (CE-107; circa 1755): The house was one of the oldest in Charlestown and was constructed by John Kankey. The Barnes icehouse, shown in these turn-of-the-century photographs, was made of 18-inch eastern white pine planks, and the inner walls contained18 inches of tick cork used for insulation. Town Commissioner Zebulon Hollingsworth, who originally drew the ballot for Lot 82 and subdivided the property, is referred to as "Innkeeper" on the original deed. The house is two stories high with a main section that is three bays by two bays. Mr. Barnes built this home as his "town house" in about 1880, as he and his half-brothers, George W. Barnes (1862-1915), Robert Lee Barnes (1864-1936), Richard K. Barnes (1865-1934), and Harry R. Barnes (1870-1926), operated a commercial fishery at Carpenter's Point. The name was derived from Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baron of Baltimore Absolute Lord and Proprietor of the British Provinces of Maryland. From about 1915 through 1930, the Barnes Store was the gathering place for the men of the town. Woods Mattingley, Jr., San Jose, California.) Report Station. It was a hotel from its earliest days well into the late 1800s, later being called the "Valentine B. Algard Hotel." Scott Jackson House (CE-1305): This house is located on the corner of Bladen and Caroline Streets. The oldest child of Perry K. and Isabelle Black Barnes was Harry Housekeeper Barnes, named after Dr. Housekeeper, the respected pharmacist from North East, Maryland. Shelton House (CE-1303): This house was constructed in 1872. To learn more about these historic sites, please download the attached brochure and begin your walking … Construction materials included log cribbing that was filled with ballast stone. Mr. Henry is the grandson of Isabella Ewing Black. Founded in the late 18th century, historic Charles Town, West Virginia, offers something for every traveler. British troops searched Charlestown and then sailed to Havre de Grace, where a larger battle occurred. Perkins.) Charles Town, WV Weather History star_ratehome. Pictured are John B. Graham and family friend, Nellie Clark Black. Thomas Walford, acting as an interpreter with the Massachusetts Indians, negotiated wit… Mrs. Caulk died in 1964. The framing is pegged with shiplap siding since most of Charlestown’s early carpenters were also boat builders. Charles Washington and his family moved to Happy Retreat in 1780 and set aside 80 acres to form Charles Town, officially founded in 1786. An inspector was appointed to ensure that only flour of superior quality was sold and shipped from Charlestown. Charlestown also maintains several historic cemeteries and “commons.” Many key colonial structures, listed in “Latrobe’s View of Charlestown” from 1813, have been demolished and lost over the last few centuries including the Market House, the Alison-Key House, Morrow House, Tully House, and the Bladen House. (Harry H. Barnes, at home circa 1917, and right, with Snake Heverin, circa 1945, courtesy of J. Cranford Henry, Charlestown, Maryland.). In 1850, the United States Federal Census tells us 15,357 people populated Jefferson County. Ice House (CE-1304): The “Icehouse” is a small stone structure located on Conestoga Street, near the colonial wharf. The house has a slate roof with well fitted, bevel siding and millwork, stone chimneys and a concrete foundation. The shop was built in 1854 by Phillip F. Jackson, and Robert Boone Gibson started working at the business in 1875. A point between the Cooper and Ashley rivers was chosen, and this Charles Town was re-founded in 1680, where it remains today. Cecil Hotel (CE-108; circa 1810): Located at Caroline and Bladen Streets, the “Cecil Hotel” is a two-story, frame, Federal structure that was once a tavern. The original portions of this home were built in 1750 by John Paca (1712-1777). Left to right are Walter Heath, Bruce Buhrman and Ronnie Daniels. The building has a pitched gable roof, 2/2 windows, and narrow chimneys. Old maps of Charles Town on Old Maps Online. This portrait accompanies that of her second husband.). The photograph above was taken in 1936 for the Historic American Buildings Survey. Charles Town's wharf can be seen, and the large white building is, most likely, the three-story stone warehouse at the wharf. Having lost the courthouse and jail to Elkton in 1787, the townspeople were concerned that the straightening of the road would do further harm to the town's already weak economy. It was originally built in the late 1700s and was renovated in the mid 1800s by John Black Graham, the town undertaker and cabinetmaker, who purchased the home in about 1845 and lived there until his death in 1912. In the mid-1800's there were free blacks with the last name of "Johnson" living in Charlestown. George Washington recorded several visits to the structure on his travels along the Old Post Road from Philadelphia to Mount Vernon, in Virginia. (Major John Nelson Black (1787-1847), circa 1816, by unknown artist, probably Joshua Johnson, courtesy of Edgar McMullen, Charlestown, Maryland. The house was once thought to have been an 18th-century tavern run by “Tories” and confiscated during the Revolution but this legend has since been proven to be untrue. During Revolutionary War times, the Indian Queen was owned by the Hasson family, a prominent Charles Town family. Charlestown is the oldest Town in Cecil County and the third oldest town in the State of Maryland. In August, 1777, the town was bombarded as a diversionary tactic while General Sir William Howe’s troops sailed up the Elk River to effect a landing. The store carried all the necessities of the day, including hunting and fishing supplies, and everything from eggs to oar leathers. Old Charles Town Library, Inc. operates the Charles Town Library and the Jefferson County Museum. A shed was later attached for fish net storage. Apparently he was successful, as the Old Post Road was never straightened and the post office remained in Charles Town. Her second marriage to Major John Nelson Black in 1809 resulted in four children, namely, William Washington Black (born April 13, 1814, died January 4, 1887); Martha Jane Black (born March 22, 1816); John Nelson Black Jr. (born January 27, 1818, died January 27, 1906); and Rebecca Ann Black (born December 29, 1820). It is a three story, three bay structure side hall plan with a four bay wing off the south side. Of architectural note, rare gambrel roof structures still survive in Charlestown including the “Red Lyon Tavern.” Early construction materials consisted of log, stone and brick. Before its unfortunate removal to Pennsylvania in the 1970s, the Hamilton House was one of the oldest buildings, if not the oldest building, in Charlestown. He was a Maryland planter who lived near Abingdon in what was then Baltimore County. (Photograph left, Perry K. Barnes, circa 1917, holding two geese in front of his home in Charlestown, courtesy of J. Cranford Henry, Charlestown, Maryland. He married Hannah L. Chapman on September 29, 1881. Nancy Meek Hasson Black was born in Port Deposit, Maryland, on April 22, 1778. A public wharf and a three-story warehouse were built. Laid out in 1786 by George Washington ’s youngest brother, Charles, it early became the residence of some of Virginia’s most aristocratic families. The entire building has been restored by Colonial Charlestown, Incorporated and an original tavern kitchen has been restored in the cellar. He was brought to Baltimore in about 1790 as a slave for a family related to Charles Willson Peale. John Paca was a major landowner and purchased the lot in Charles Town as an investment. The chimney was constructed on a diagonal to the house, so that each room has a fireplace in its innermost corner. there being as yet no [town] settled at or near the head of the Chesapeake Bay . It was used for tax collection but was removed in the early 1800’s. [and] . They had two children, Richard Kirby "Dick" Barnes and Margaret Barnes (Johnson). William Sayle was their leader and first governor from 1670 to 1671. This church is distinguished by its geometric patterned stained glass windows. When a severe hurricane in 1786 opened up the Locust Point Channel to Baltimore and made Havre de Grace an accessible, deep-water port, Charlestown’s prosperity began to falter. Paca House (CE-111; circa 1750): John Paca, the brother of Governor William Paca a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived in Charlestown during the mid-1700’s. Of them, 4,341 men, women and children were enslaved, and further 341 were documented as mulatto. Burnside, who left a journal describing his many courting adventures in Charles Town, was a storekeeper in town. It is therefore quite possible that Rev. In addition, the Town is surrounded by significant archeological resources that predate colonial settlements and an abundance of sensitive natural resources. During the 1778 Battle of Monmouth, Ramsay was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 3rd Battalion of the Maryland Regiment. He was married to Margaret Jane Peale, sister of Charles Willson Peale. The Village Blacksmith Shop, formerly located on the northeast corner of the Market Square. The two-story construction has each floor divided into four rooms. Double parlors have two massive corner fireplaces, which are back-to-back. This property is shown in the 1813 sketch of Charlestown by Benjamin Latrobe. The town is known for its Maroon history and culture, its Safu Yard, the Charles Town Drummers and Dancers, the Maroon Museum, as well as its tour of the area educating visitors on the history … Many distinguished personages such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and the great American artist Charles Willson Peale frequented the Town. The building is a two-story, frame structure with an interior floor plan consisting of four rooms. But residents beg to differ with the movie’s portrayal of the area. Children, too, would come by the store. Charles Town as a Maroon Community was not named on maps until 1832. The structure burned in 1834 and is now registered as a future archeological site. He is the earliest African American painter in the United States, active from about 1796-1824. Featured in a November 4, 1970 article in the Cecil Whig, the property was described by reporter Dot Clark, the women's page editor: "Inside the Indian Queen is only 30 feet square with a massive chimney rising through the center. The “Charlestown Wharf” was located at Water and Conestoga Streets and projected 300’ into the river. ), (Richard K. Barnes, circa 1919 from the Historical and Industrial Edition of the Cecil Whig, July 26, 1919.). The majority of them arrived with colonists from the English West Indian island of Barbados, where, decades before, planters had turned to the system of race-based slavery to power the immensely profitable sugar industry. He desired that the town lots on the Town Square, formed by George and Washington Streets, be used for public buildings. At the time of Charles’ death in September 1799, Charlestown was still located in Berkeley County. The schoolroom blackboard – with initials and dates carved thereon – is proudly displayed in the Town Hall section. The couple had ten children, nine of whom survived, shown in this family photograph taken at Christmas in 1876. As a port and mercantile Town, Charlestown did not have great and grandiose mansions but rather smaller working buildings. According to his journal, which was written in 1836 and 1837, young Thomas was quite the eligible bachelor. Charlestown’s most prominent history occurred during the colonial period and to just after the Revolutionary War (1742–1790). A frame “Charlestown Customs House” stood in the center of site. .” The Assembly directed that “a place called Long Point on the west side of North East River in Cecil County” be the location of the new town and that it be named Charles Town. Open to the public, the library provides a full range of library services that includes book borrowing privileges, a reading room, reference services, internet access, a local history room, audio-visual materials, specialized programs for children and adults. The portrait was painted in the Indian Queen Hotel.). Both men were signers of the Declaration of Independence. The Red Lyon is one of several structures in the Town that billeted the Royal American Regiment during the winter of 1756-1757, the beginning of the French and Indian War. 1740- Proceedings and Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland, 1966- Drawing Sewer Profile Sheet – Sanitary Sewer System, 1984- Charlestown Dredging Site No. The water tower is now located, in its restored condition, behind the house on Lot 107. Charlestown harbour in Cornwall. In his will, Charles indicated that Berkeley County should be divided and Charlestown named the county seat of a new county. Several significant buildings exist on the site. (Pictured above is the Still House, circa 1910, also known as the residence of John Hutton. They had three children: Belluah Mae Gibson, who never married and had no children; Ella Verna Gibson, who married Otha Gibson (no relation); and Price Gibson, who had no children. Ships carrying grain and seafood would leave Charlestown for the West Indies and return with raw sugar for rum. ), (Lot 40 "The McKown House" Photograph circa 1920, courtesy of Nancy Black Beck, Springfield, Virgina.). The city lies 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Martinsburg. 38 F Hagerstown Regional Airport Station | Report. Deed research notes that a dwelling was built on Lot 107 of the Town’s original 1742 plat. During the Revolutionary War, Charles Town was a major supply depot for the Continental Army. In an Annapolis newspaper, the Maryland Gazette, on March 8, 1753, Peacock Bigger advertised that he had "erected a Distillery at Charles Town where he makes rum." ", (Pictured right is Annie Sherwood, the former cook, behind the kitchen at the Indian Queen, circa 1910. Mary Palmer Tavern (CE-398; circa 1790): This house was constructed during the late 18th Century and was one of the Town’s many taverns. It is a rambling frame structure built in 1760 and was one of Maryland’s early rum distilleries. The back porch forms a short passage to a log kitchen where for years an old Negro cook, named Annie Sherwood reigned supreme. The many windows, French doors, and angled bedroom wings give the house a friendly and welcoming demeanor. During the War of 1812, the British sailed into the Charlestown harbor, which contained a small, deteriorated fort. The last survivor of the Black family was Edna Black Caulk, the Major's granddaughter." According to the records of the Maryland Historical Trust, the “Hamilton House” was relocated from Lot 74 to Pennsylvania in the last quarter of the 20th Century. This home, built in about 1787 by Town Commissioner William Linton, is where George Washington stopped on his journeys through town, when the property was used as a tavern. The entire 3rd Battalion were either killed or captured during the battle and Ramsay spent the rest of the war as a British prisoner. Like other members of the Barnes family, he too was drawn to the North East River to fish, hunt, and otherwise enjoy its natural bounties. Mr. Barnes also built the icehouse in about 1880. First married to John Hasson of Charlestown, who died in 1808, the couple had two children, John and James Hasson. This photograph courtesy of J. Cranford Henry, Charlestown, Maryland. In the late 1800s the home became the residence of Richard K. Barnes (1865-1934) and his wife, Ann Cooling (1867-1920). Lackey-Murphy House (CE-1301): Located on Baltimore Street, this structure was originally constructed in 1750. Proudly Supported by: Amore Law, LLC, The City of Charles Town It was about this time that Owens also began a storekeeping business here with a relative, John Hasson. Charlestown Town Hall and Post Office (CE-388): Located on Market Street and constructed in 1878, the building served as an elementary school site until June 14, 1961. Red Lyon Tavern (CE-128; circa 1750): The tavern is one of Charlestown’s most important historic sites and structures. The house is of post and beam construction with clay and brick nogging for insulation. He expanded the business to include the restaurant and bar on the right side of the building. The property to the rear contains a log kitchen, with a loft, in addition to a smokehouse, which it shared with the neighboring Red Lyon Tavern. During the Revolutionary War, Charles Town was a major supply depot for the Continental Army. Varied and wide shiplap siding with beaded edges covers the façades of the buildings. A fort of earth works was erected on this site at the beginning of the War of 1812. The Black family posed again for a family photograph in about 1890 on the front porch of the Black family store, next page. Charlestown today is a small, water-oriented municipality with a population of about 1,500 people, four marinas, a general store, two restaurants, an elementary school and a Post Office. (Photo above, Black's Store and Indian Queen to the right, circa 1880, courtesy Mr. & Mrs. J. Cranford Henry.). In the background getting ready to spread the nets are Pauline Barnes, Ike Heisler and Will Heverin. The building is a duplex; to the left was Porter's Tavern and to the right, Black's Store. There is a brick belt course and molded water table on the front façade. Charles Hard Townes was born into a prosperous family on July 28, 1915 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Harry H. Barnes, 1917, Charlestown, Maryland. In the rear of the structure was a log kitchen and chimney. . In 1763, Hollingsworth subdivided the lot and sold the section where the brick mansion now stands to Thomas Jacobs, who was a miller by trade. Town History - Cape Charles The Eastern Shore of Virginia, one of the earliest colonized areas in North America, remained a seafood and agricultural region with scattered small towns until the 1880s. The building was erected in about 1755. The ship’s officers and men were marched through the streets of the Town. Robert Boone Gibson was born in Charlestown on February 25, 1852. Left to right Nancy Black, June Guiberson (both girls on roller skates); Otas Murphay; unknown; Richard K. Barnes; Harry Clayton; Will Heverin; and Dick Barnes. Not only did the Barnes family find the North East River a source of fair income when the river froze, it also provided Harry H. Barnes with an opportunity to challenge his neighbors to a daring race. The settlers fortified their town and raised crops. Major Black was appointed by the Orphans Court of Cecil County as the guardian of his wife's two children from her first marriage, James and John Hasson, pictured below. The building is a handsome brick structure of Flemish bond with a gable roof and five bays. (George Cooper and Harry H. Barnes (right) repainting decoys for the upcoming season. The Black estate was probated in 1966, under the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth C. Black, who had died on September 6, 1906. His second son, William Paca, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first governor of Maryland. Still House (CE-393; circa 1760): The house is located on Lot 1 of the original Charles Town plat. In the late 1900s the two McKown brothers went west to mine for silver in Nevada. In 1770, the house was described as a frame dwelling 20 feet by 30 feet. ), The Home of Harry Housekeeper and Pauline Barnes, (The photograph above was taken to be used as Christmas Card that was sent in 1939 to Nancy Black Beck, and shows the home of Harry H. & Pauline Barnes.). Hamilton was elected to serve as a town commissioner. Charles Town is an ideal place to slip into the past. A fireplace with a 5-foot wide opening is located in the cellar. They are working at the Barnes decoy house in 1950, the same year that Mr. Barnes acquired this Sneak Boat License for the Susquehanna Flats.. Photographs courtesy of J. Cranford Henry, Charlestown, Maryland. A two-room school house was erected in 1878 and housed grades one through six until June 14, 1961, when the Board of Education deeded the property to the Town. This “deep sleep” allowed for the preservation of many of the Town’s historic resources into the present time. His home, Happy Retreat, still stands, and the City is exploring options for purchasing the property for use as a community museum and park. The settlement, originally called Charles Towne (for Charles II), was established by English colonists in 1670 on the west bank of the Ashley, thus beginning the colonization of South Carolina. ), (Lot # 82 , "Red Lyon Tavern"/ "Black's Store"). In 1802, Hasson married Nancy Meek and together they had two children, James Hasson, born on September 24, 1803, and John Hasson, born February 2, 1806. Shown here from left to right are Marcel Cathers, George Cooper, Harry H. Barnes, and John Cooper, circa 1925. Hamilton purchased Lot 74 in 1751 from John Kanky, the deed states that there was already a house standing on Lot 73. Photograph courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. J. Cranford Henry, Charlestown, Maryland. On July 30, 1853, Thomas E. Burnside purchased the property. 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